An Industry Advisory from OMAF/MRA March 6:
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus
PEDv continues to be detected on farms and at processors, transporters and assemblers at a low level. This indicates 1) the virus is still circulating and is an ongoing risk, and 2) it is being managed through the existing collective efforts and precautions. The cooperation of all levels of industry and government has been essential in minimising the impacts of PED to the Ontario pork industry. Vigilance and strong biosecurity at the farm level, diligent cleaning and disinfection by transporters, renderers, processors and other service providers, and changes to the flow of animals have all resulted in a relatively small number of cases compared to many affected US states.
PED has become established in the United States, and other pathogens like Delta coronavirus present new threats. The efforts made to prevent the spread of PED must continue as regular business practices as the industry manages these risks and moves forward. Growing Forward 2 and OMAF funding to Ontario Pork will continue to strengthen efforts in the areas of greatest risk and provide the necessary infrastructure and education to help meet these challenges.
PED is considered an emerging significant disease in Ontario, and veterinarians are still required to report suspect cases to OMAF under the Animal Health Act. OMAF will continue to cover the cost of diagnostic testing of clinical suspects at the Animal Health Laboratory until further notice, and will continue to offer support to veterinarians and their clients in the management of PED cases.
Testing of non-clinical or environmental samples is not encouraged and will not be covered by OMAF. Such testing on its own does not give a valid indication of PEDv status and should not be used to inform decision-making by producers, veterinarians or service providers. Conducting environmental testing as part of a monitoring program is at the discretion of individual businesses and sample submission should be discussed with the AHL.
For further information please contact the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food at 1-877-424-1300, or Ontario Pork at 1-877-ONT-PORK.
Resources on PED prevention and management are available from OMAF at www.ontario.ca/swine.